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I've heard way too much "hot seat" talk about Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley. It's time to debunk those ridiculous accusations.
First, we expected the Volunteers to go 7-5 or 6-6 this year. If Dooley wins and loses all the games that he "should," Tennessee will be 6-6. Why would anyone be in trouble for meeting expectations? If you didn't like 6-6, you would've been one who put him on the hot seat preseason, and there were none that did.
Second, there have been just a few key injuries. Herman Lathers' injury has forced the Vols to play two freshmen linebackers, leading to continuous dump offs to Chris Rainey that went for long runs. Justin Hunter is a top three wide receiver in the country, and his loss was a season-changer for the Big Orange. Tyler Bray...if I have to explain losing a starting quarterback, then we need to have a different conversation.
Third, there is no coach in football, including the NFL, that could win either of the next two games with this team. Bill Belichick couldn't come in from the New England Patriots and beat either LSU or Alabama, so the fact that Dooley won't be able to should be moot—no one could with our freshmen and sophomores.
Fourth, he has brought in three top 15 recruiting classes, the first in just four weeks after Lane Kiffin abandoned the Vols. He continues to promote loyalty, intelligence and character in his incoming players, and yet, they're still ranked in the top 10 percent of all of the FBS. Is it possible that Dooley is finding great players and great people at the same time?
Fifth, chill out. The dude has coached less than one and a half seasons. If you're one that wants him fired, I want to recommend that you shouldn't trade in the stock market. Your kneejerk personality is not conducive to long-term thinking.